Happy National Garlic Day! Today, we celebrate one of the most beloved and flavorful ingredients in the world. Whether you love it roasted, sautéed, minced, or sliced, there's no denying the magic that garlic can add to a dish. So let's celebrate this delicious day by talking about some of the health benefits of eating garlic – and then whipping up a tasty recipe!
The Benefits of Garlic
It boosts the immune system. Thanks to its antiviral and antibacterial properties, garlic is an excellent food to eat during cold and flu season.
It lowers blood pressure. Garlic contains compounds that can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke when consumed regularly.
It reduces inflammation. This makes it a great ingredient for those who suffer from conditions like arthritis.
It fights cancer. Eating garlic regularly has also been shown to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, including stomach and colon cancer.
Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 pounds of baby potatoes
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Chopped fresh parsley for garnish
Preheat your oven to 400°F. In a small bowl, whisk together the minced garlic, olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Wash and dry the baby potatoes, then slice them in half. Toss the sliced potatoes in the garlic and olive oil mixture until they are evenly coated. Spread the potatoes out on a large baking sheet in a single layer. Roast the potatoes in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese over the potatoes and return to the oven for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove the potatoes from the oven and garnish with chopped fresh parsley before serving.
These roasted potatoes are the perfect side dish for any meal. The crispy potatoes, savory garlic, and salty Parmesan make for a mouthwatering combination. Plus, it's super easy to make, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying your meal. Happy cooking!